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VoIP Patent Holders, Please Stand Up!

Posted by: Olga Kharif on December 27, 2005

There’s often one company that holds the most patents to a new technology that ends up collecting a lion’s share of royalties. When it comes to newest wireless phone chips, that company is Qualcomm. With next-generation RFID chips, it’s Intermec.

I wonder who the main patent holders are where VoIP is concerned. It could very well be that influential patent holders will include not just Internet Protocol giants like Cisco or Nortel, but also some little companies we never heard of before. How many people know of a company called Rates Technology, that’s just sued Google for patent infringement? There’s also an outfit called Global IP Sounds that licenses technology to Google Talk.

Perhaps it will become clearer who the VoIP patent winners are in the coming months, as VoIP providers tweak their services so they can talk to one another more easily. After all, it was standardization and interoperability that had made the fortunes of Qualcomm and Intermec.

What company do you think might become the Qualcomm of the VoIP sector and why?

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Patent Hawk

December 28, 2005 01:43 AM

It's relatively easy, but somewhat time consuming, to find out who has the most, or most significant, VOIP patents. Which means you're not exactly an investigative reporter.

ben yehudi

January 10, 2006 10:09 AM

What do you know of one Thomas Burgos? Allegedly he was CEO of Verison Wireless - Mexico - and holds over 30,000 patents.


Walter Bubien

January 25, 2006 08:04 AM

The Grand Fathered US Patent (first file date 1993) issued June 10th 1997 US PATENT 5,638,433 that will establish itself as the first "utility" patent that encompasses the scope of application in play now for the VoIP emerging industry will be the BRTF.

The patent as of January 25th 2006 is up for sale. Google and a few other emerging Telecom companies have been approached. A mere 25 million dollars will secure ownership. Who will win the prize? Should find out soon!

The BRTF Patent is linked at the URL listed.


idt patent

September 14, 2006 01:04 PM

idt has key patents on...

peer to peer
telephony over data network (ie covers voip)
voip conferencing (which coveres video conference)
voip phone
wimax type wide area network


February 17, 2008 04:24 PM

Packet8 (eght) 8x8,

has 71 patents - a few are "Virtual Extentions", "Click to call" and "Sharing and displaying images" IP to IP ect.

they have some of the hottest patents out there.

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